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Mitch Richmond names his all-time starting five

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Mitch Richmond already picked Michael Jordan over Kobe Bryant as the Greatest of All Time. But who would he put alongside the two for his all-time starting five?

Richmond picks his five, including Durant

At first, Richmond didn't establish any criteria for his selection. He just seemingly went with what he thinks are the best guys at each position. After doing some thinking, trying to decide who to put at the five, here's who Richmond went with.

Magic at the point, Mike at the two, Kobe at the three, Kevin Durant at the four. And I need a beast down there, so at the five, I gotta go Big Diesel. I gotta go Shaq.

Mitch Richmond, Getcha Popcorn Ready with T.O. & Hatch

At first glance, there's an obvious anomaly in Richmond's five, and it's Kevin Durant. The Nets superstar, although arguably one of the greatest scorers we've ever seen, rarely gets picked for an all-time starting lineup. But it turns out Mitch didn't just pick the best guy at each position. He built his team based on fit -- hence picking KD.

Magic is the one whose job is to get everyone involved. Mike and Kobe are there to put the ball in the basket. Durant is there to stretch the floor and make room for one of the most dominant forces we've ever seen to go to work down low.

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The reason I went Shaq at the end; you can't have Shaq and Duncan because there ain't enough room. So that's why I put shooters around and Shaq got the middle. Who you gonna help off of?

Mitch Richmond, Getcha Popcorn Ready with T.O. & Hatch

"Olajuwon's gonna slap everybody on that team"

However, perhaps the most interesting part of the segment happened when Hatch, one of the hosts of the "Getcha Popcorn Ready with T.O. & Hatch" picked his all-time five. He went with Iverson at the one, Mike and Kobe at the two and three, Hakeem Olajuwon and the four, and Shaq at the five.

Having faced everyone from Hatch's five, Mitch pointed out the obvious flaw on his team -- the lack of a true playmaker. The Hall of Famer has no doubt that the one guy who would have the toughest time adjusting to playing in this lineup is Hakeem. But he wouldn't be quiet about it.

"Olajuwon's gonna slap everybody on that team," Richmond said. "Olajuwon was slapping everybody back then. If you didn't pass him the ball like three or four times, he'll go to you 'okay young fella, you better pass that ball.' You gotta remember, he's blocking everything, and rebounding, and running the floor. You gotta reward the big man."

Most of the all-time lineups potentially face the same issue -- there's simply too much offensive talent in the same place. That's why Richmond deserves credit for his five. Position by position, every guy has an argument to be there. But as a collective, the fit is as good as it can get.


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